Huntsville to gain 400 new jobs from Boeing’s consolidation of defense and space sites

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ST. LOUIS – Five cities that are home to Boeing facilities stand to gain jobs following an announcement by the company today.  Huntsville is one of them.

Huntsville stands to gain 400 jobs.  El Segundo, Long Beach, Seal Beach and St. Louis will also benefit.

In a company announcement, Boeing said it is taking steps to operate its Defense, Space & Security business more efficiently through facilities consolidations and work movements that will increase employment in Los Angeles County, St. Louis, and Huntsville, Ala.

Huntsville’s positions will be in the areas of missile defense engineering, advanced manufacturing and administrative support.

“This Boeing announcement today of 400 additional jobs in Madison County, Alabama once again highlights Boeing’s 100-year history to our nation’s defense and intelligence sectors,” said Madison County Commission Chairman Dale Strong.  “These 400 jobs will take Boeing’s footprint to just over 3,100 jobs in Alabama.  This only furthers their commitment to our region and once again shows that Madison County is perfectly positioned in every aspect related to missile defense, space and national security.”

“Boeing’s announcement reinforces our strategic pivot back to research and development after achieving much success in advanced manufacturing,” said Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle. “Huntsville is a knowledge based economy and Boeing continues to invest here because our talent pool matches the needs of their workforce requirements. Boeing has been a tremendous corporate partner, and we are thrilled to play an important role in the company’s ability to create greater efficiencies. It is Huntsville’s talent that will help Boeing meet the needs of the warfighter and, in turn, help secure our nation and that of our allies.”

“Boeing’s expansion in Huntsville is great news for our state and a true testament to Alabama’s world class workforce. The company’s commitment to Alabama has not only made a lasting impact on our nation’s aerospace and defense capabilities, but also on our state’s economy. I look forward to the progress that will come from the additional jobs and investment in our state, and I am confident that Boeing will continue to build on its history of success in Alabama.” says Senator Richard Shelby (R.)

By the end of 2020 Boeing will reduce facilities space by approximately 4.5 million square feet. Along with that, many positions in Huntington Beach will move to El Segundo, Long Beach, and Seal Beach in Southern California, with others moving to St. Louis and Huntsville, Ala.

Similarly, many positions in Kent, Wash., will move to nearby Tukwila. Boeing also will close its El Paso, Texas, and Newington, Va., sites.

“In order to push ourselves farther and win more business, we need to make the most of our resources and talent,” said Leanne Caret, president and CEO, Defense, Space & Security. “These steps will help us be a stronger partner for our customers worldwide.”

WHNT News 19 is working to get more specifics on today’s announcement and the timeline for the additional jobs for Huntsville.  We’ll update with more information as this develops.